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Singapore - Buses and Trams


Singapore has an extensive bus system that travels all over the island. Using it, you can reach almost every destination, which is why many Singaporeans do not have a vehicle. The EZ-Link stored-value card can pay for your trips while a TransitLink Guide will help you find your way around.

All of the buses in Singapore have a gray machine with a sensor pad located close to the driver. When you board the bus, you will tap your EZ-Link card and the fare will be automatically deducted. Fares range from S80¢ and S$1.80. If you are paying with cash then you will need to have exact change which will be placed in the red box. The driver will give you a ticket which will come out of the TransitLink machine.

Premium Services offer buses that are seating room only and transport individuals from the Central business District to the more outlying districts such as Tampines, Bukit Timah, and Jurong East and West. Fast Forward offers flexible routing in non-stop sectors which can save 20% on your travel time. These only operate in the mornings and peak hours are designed for commuters. The 9 services that are available include 10e, 14e, 30e, 74e, 89e, 97e, 151e, 174e, 196e. Chinatown Direct takes riders to the heart of Chinatown via the Expressway. Buses arrive every half-hour from about 11.00am to about 5.00pm daily. There are extra trips on the weekends when buses run until 10pm. A direct bus also runs to Mount Faber and Labrador Park. From the Marina Centre, a Night Owl service runs until 2:00am to various parts of Singapore.

A Season Pass can be a good option if you ride the bus a lot. These offer a capped cost, unlimited rides, and more flexibility in route options. Unlimited rides can be useful if you find yourself needing to ride the bus unexpectedly and either don’t have the money on you to pay for a ticket or need to board several buses within your journey. With a capped cost, transfers and journeys are all covered with the pass. The pass itself costs around S$3.30 per day, or S$98 per month which can work out to be significantly cheaper than if you bought your tickets individually. Many people enjoy the convenience of the pass since you don’t have to worry about coming up with exact change or having insufficient funds on your card.

For more information about fares, schedules, and passes, visit SBST: http://www.sbstransit.com.sg/transport/trpt_bus_overview.aspx

Buses run to/from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and several additional destinations in Malaysia. These leave from the Second Link at Tuas and the Woodlands Checkpoint. Different bus companies leave from different places in the city since there aren’t any central bus stations. Some of the main bus companies that offer service between KL and Singapore include:

Aeroline
http://www.aeroline.com.sg
+65 62588800

First Coach
http://www.firstcoach.com.my
+65 68222111

NiCE
http://www.nice-coaches.com.my
+65 62565755

Almost all of the buses are comfortable although there are also executive coaches that serve food and have luxurious seats. These are going to be more expensive.


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